The UFC, ONE FC, and Titan FC have all been busy filling out their upcoming cards. Take a look below to see the latest fight announcement round-up:
The UFC has added an MMA legend to April’s UFC 172 card.
Takenori Gomi (34-9, 1 NC) will replace Danny Castillo and face Isaac Vallie Flagg (14-4-1) on the night’s preliminary card. Gomi was last seen just over a year ago, losing a controversial split decision to Diego Sanchez. Gomi has accumulated a 3-4 record in the UFC with wins over Tyson Griffin, Eiji Mitsuoka, and Mac Danzig.
Vallie Flagg will be looking to rebound from a loss to Elias Silverio back in January at UFC Fight Night 35. Before the loss to Silverio, Vallie Flagg was riding a twelve fight unbeaten streak with wins over the likes of Yves Edwards, Gesias Cavalcante, and Brian Melancon.
UFC Fight Night 40 – May 10th, 2014
Ultimate Fighter veterans Neil Magny (9-3) and Wiliam ‘Patolino’ Macario (7-1) will meet in a Welterweight contest at UFN 40 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Magny is coming off the most impressive performance of his career; a unanimous decision win over Gasan Umalatov at UFC 169.
Macario made it all the way to the finals of TUF Brazil 2 before being submitted by Leonardo Santos. ‘Patolino’ picked up his first UFC win this past December in a three round bloodletting of StrikeForce veteran Bobby Voelker.
A win would be a significant step towards breaking the top ten for both men.
Also on the card will be welterweights Albert Tumenov (12-2) and Anthony Lapsley (22-6, 2 NC). Both men will be looking to pick up their first wins inside the UFC after failed attempts in their UFC debut. Tumenov lost a close split decision to Illdemar Alcantara this past February. Lapsley had a back and forth brawl with Jason High at last November’s UFC 167 but ended up on the wrong side of a unanimous decision.
Each man desperately needs a win in this match-up as a loss will likely result in their release from the UFC.
The DREAM Bantamweight Title will be on the line May 2nd as champion Bibiano Fernandes (15-3) will take on Masakatsu Ueda (18-2-2) at ONE FC 15. Fernandes famously declined a UFC contract, opting to compete for the Asia based One FC promotion. Frenandes has one both of his fights in ONE FC; most recently defeating Soo Chul Kim to become the undisputed ONE FC Bantamweight Champion
Ueda is currently riding a three fight winning streak that includes a notable submission win over former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver. Ueda also has wins over current Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas and current UFC competitor Kyoji Horiguchi.
Titan FC 28
Two former UFC fighters have been added to the Titan FC 28 card on April 25th.
Light-heavyweights Jason Brilz (21-5-1) and Vinny Magalhaes (10-7, 1 NC) will meet on the main card which will be aired on CBS Sports Network. Brilz was released from his UFC contract after a November of 2011 knockout loss to Ryan Bader. Since then, Brilz has picked up three straight victories on the regional circuit, including a win over TUF 11 cast member Josh Bryant.
Magalhaes was cut from his second stint in the UFC after consecutive losses to Phil Davis and Anthony Perosh. The BJJ black belt was then scheduled to face Jeff Monson in a heavyweight bout before having to pull out with a back injury. A win over Brilz will signal a return to relevance for the 29 year old fighter.
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